Morris, Frederick Patrick (1679)
Place of Birth: South Melbourne, VIC
Age: 18 years 10 months
Enlistment Details: Monday, 7 February 1916 – Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 1679 view online service record
145 Cruikshank Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Next of Kin:
Alice Morris (sister)
South Melbourne, VIC
Date: Saturday, 27 May 1916
Ship: HMAT Ascanius A11
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion – 1st Reinforcements
DOW: Friday, 3 November 1916
Place: 38th Casualty Clearing Station, France
Brother: Henry Christopher Morris
Private, 7 Infantry, died of wounds 3 November, 1916, France, aged 20, commemorated Heilly Station Cemetery, France.
Sister: Alice MORRIS, both parents deceased, born South Melbourne, educated St Peter and Paul’s RC. Enlisted as a merchant seaman, 145 Cruikshank Street, Port Melbourne but shown under South Melbourne in the All-Australian Memorial. He died of wounds to the back and abdomen at the 38th Casualty Clearing Station. A sister, Alice, later Mrs Alice JARRAD, was nominated as next of kin, later at 3 Lyle Street, but Frederick’s Attestation suggests an elder brother serving at the front was his legal guardian.
He is shown in Vic BDM as born in 1899 and hence probably just turned 16 when he enlisted and only 17 when he was killed. He is shown in an alternative series as having been rejected in 1915 when he claimed to be 18 (probably as under-age). He suggested both parents were deceased when he enlisted, this may be true – Vic BDM shows a Henry (no second name) dying in East Melbourne in 1914 at 46. Frederick appears to have been granted special permission to enlist with his brother Henry being overseas at the time.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
“I regret to inform you that Pte. Morris admitted to this unit on the 3.11.16 suffering from a gunshot wound of the abdomen died the same day. Also that Gunner Mackie who was admitted to this unit on the 6.11.16 suffered from gunshot wound right shoulder and chest died on the 7.11.16. Both these soldiers are buried in the local Military Cemetery at Heilly … the chaplain to the unit officiated at the graveside in each case …” (Letter from Lieut. W. Macpherson, Officer Commanding 38 C.C.S., R.A.M.C. 20.1.17)
(“Gunner Mackie” referenced in the report was Andrew Armour Burns MACKIE, Scottish-born and from Palmerston Crescent in South Melbourne and included on that Roll)